Post-truth. Fake news. Alternative facts. It seems that lately, there are renewed attacks on truth and the freedom to share facts as many parties tries to reclaim the narrative to suit their own agenda. More than 2 decades after the rise of the Internet, we finally see the effects of unpoliced news sharing that lead to the rise of alarming rumours and propaganda. At the same time, we are also entering the most enlightened age, where information and knowledge are available to all indiscriminately without privileged gatekeeping.
The truth is, the pursuit and blockade of the truth is nothing new. As long as those in power and those who seek to topple that power exist, the fight for truth will continue on. The topic of truth has been the central focus on George Orwell’s work, especially in his seminal novel 1984. One of the best writers of the 20th century, Orwell has no patience for dissemblers, liars, conmen, or frauds, and his best writings reflect his feelings. Shaped by his experience in by his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, and further by World War II and the rise of totalitarian states in the 20th century, Orwell believes that in a world torn apart by propaganda and despotic authorities, the power and willingness to speak the absolute truth remains the most important and courageous thing we can do.
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